At Park, we are guided by the belief that a diverse community is a necessary component of an excellent education. Of equal importance, we are committed to offering a curriculum that exposes children to a range of cultures and to multiple perspectives on the human experience. Our fundamental goal is to create and maintain an inclusive learning environment evidenced by:
- A commitment to academic achievement for all students
- Respect for the dignity of each individual
- Open, non-judgmental communication
- Freedom to take risks, to learn from mistakes, and to grow
Students and adults at Park should feel that important aspects of their individual identity can be comfortably shared here and that their unique stories can be fully heard. At the same time, members of our community should learn to appreciate our interdependence and to make connections with a broad range of others. We believe that being a diverse community is a journey that requires constant attention, at times involving moments of confusion, misunderstanding, or disconnection. Therefore, we dedicate ourselves to openly confronting discord and working through it when it arises.
Students and adults at Park should feel that important aspects of their individual identity can be comfortably shared at the School and that their unique stories can be fully heard. At the same time, members of the School community should learn to appreciate our interdependence and to make connections with a broad range of others. To be effective in this work, the adults in the community (faculty, staff, and parents and guardians) must engage in an ongoing examination of our individual and collective assumptions and biases. Particularly with respect to members of the Park community who are transgender and gender non-conforming, the School will work closely with individuals and their families to strive to honor their wishes with respect to use of School facilities, participation in athletics, accuracy of student records, use of preferred name and pronouns, and privacy, in accordance with applicable law, and to the extent that the School’s campus facilities reasonably permit.
By welcoming and celebrating a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, Park becomes a stronger and wiser school community. Our diversity beliefs and aspirations are central to every aspect of daily school life — who we are, what/how we teach, how we behave, and what we are committed to having our students learn at Park.